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21st Aug '16 6:29:54 PM eroock
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13th Dec '15 5:11:16 PM eroock
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->I'll ''give you a description [of Mister Daniel Lumis]. A forked tongue, little beady eyes, and he slithers on his belly. You'll find him easy. Just look under rocks.''
-->--'''Mrs. Kandell''', ''[[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Mister]]''

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->I'll ''give ->''"I'll give you a description [of Mister Daniel Lumis]. A forked tongue, little beady eyes, and he slithers on his belly. You'll find him easy. Just look under rocks.''
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-->-- '''Mrs.
Kandell''', ''[[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Mister]]''
16th Mar '15 7:49:19 AM MPCaton
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Most of the time, a writer will purposely introduce a Smug Snake as a target for audience hate by making them KickTheDog or [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bend the rules to get their way]] and [[DirtyCoward come out]] [[KarmaHoudini smelling like a rose]]. Basically, this is a villain that's made [[LoveToHate to be hated and the audience will enjoy hating]]. [[TropesAreTools This, like all other tropes, can backfire if misused]]. If the writer still tries to foist the character as a MagnificentBastard when their previous actions have proven otherwise, the audience will likely stop enjoying to hate the character, and instead genuinely ''hate'' them as much as they would TheScrappy or the CreatorsPet. [[CharacterDevelopment Evolving a Smug Snake into a true Magnificent Bastard]] could be doable, in theory, but shouldn't be attempted lightly, and has only been pulled off successfully in fiction a few times. Ever. Of course, the author might be deliberately doing this, playing a villain up as a MagnificentBastard when it comes to getting the power he craves, but proving to be so inept at ''wielding'' that power once he finally has it that he ends up as a SmugSnake instead.

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Most of the time, a writer will purposely introduce a Smug Snake as a target for audience hate by making them KickTheDog or [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bend the rules to get their way]] and [[DirtyCoward come out]] [[KarmaHoudini smelling like a rose]]. Basically, this is a villain that's made [[LoveToHate to be hated and the audience will enjoy hating]]. [[TropesAreTools This, like all other tropes, can backfire if misused]]. If the writer still tries to foist the character as a MagnificentBastard when their previous actions have proven otherwise, the audience will likely stop enjoying to hate hating the character, and instead genuinely ''hate'' them as much as they would TheScrappy or the CreatorsPet. [[CharacterDevelopment Evolving a Smug Snake into a true Magnificent Bastard]] could be doable, in theory, but shouldn't be attempted lightly, and has only been pulled off successfully in fiction a few times. Ever. Of course, the author might be deliberately doing this, playing a villain up as a MagnificentBastard when it comes to getting the power he craves, but proving to be so inept at ''wielding'' that power once he finally has it that he ends up as a SmugSnake instead.
16th Feb '15 2:20:36 PM godzillavkk
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A key character trait common to {{Smug Snake}}s is [[{{Pride}} overconfidence]]. The Smug Snake is usually too arrogant to be [[IncrediblyLamePun rattled]]. Most often, they will think themselves to be the MagnificentBastard. While they may believe that they have [[EvilPlan the situation]] under control (whether they do so through {{blackmail}}, [[ManipulativeBastard coercion]], or simply [[EvilChancellor being in a position of authority]]), there will usually be a [[SpannerInTheWorks hole in that plan]] that they failed to consider. Perhaps they underestimated their opponents' abilities and [[NothingCanStopUsNow claimed themselves unbeatable]], or maybe they made a really stupid mistake along the way. Once that realization hits, expect the Snake to [[VillainousBreakdown lose their cool]] right before [[HumiliationConga everything starts falling apart]] for them. They are not necessarily entirely incompetent or ineffectual, however, and may succeed with at least part of their goals, but they are still lacking that charm and grace that the MagnificentBastard possesses. Often a KnowNothingKnowItAll as well, to inspire added bile, though still enough to take the 'sympathetic' out of IneffectualSympatheticVillain (the ''best'' of them are {{Insufferable Genius}}es heavy on the former and light on the latter). If a Smug Snake considers himself a MagnificentBastard, then he is a villainous SmallNameBigEgo.

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A key character trait common to {{Smug Snake}}s is [[{{Pride}} overconfidence]]. The Smug Snake is usually too arrogant to be [[IncrediblyLamePun rattled]]. Most often, they will think themselves to be the MagnificentBastard. While they may believe that they have [[EvilPlan the situation]] under control (whether they do so through {{blackmail}}, [[ManipulativeBastard coercion]], or simply [[EvilChancellor being in a position of authority]]), there will usually be a [[SpannerInTheWorks hole in that plan]] that they failed to consider. Perhaps they underestimated their opponents' abilities and [[NothingCanStopUsNow claimed themselves unbeatable]], or maybe they made a really stupid mistake along the way. Once that realization hits, expect the Snake to [[VillainousBreakdown lose their cool]] right before [[HumiliationConga everything starts falling apart]] for them. They are not necessarily entirely incompetent incompetent, stupid, or ineffectual, however, and may succeed with at least part of their goals, but they are still lacking that charm and grace that the MagnificentBastard possesses. Often a KnowNothingKnowItAll as well, to inspire added bile, though still enough to take the 'sympathetic' out of IneffectualSympatheticVillain (the ''best'' of them are {{Insufferable Genius}}es heavy on the former and light on the latter). If a Smug Snake considers himself a MagnificentBastard, then he is a villainous SmallNameBigEgo.
15th Sep '14 4:33:38 PM Vox
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15th Sep '14 4:33:35 PM Vox
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Contrast WorthyOpponent and MagnificentBastard, who inspire respect and/or admiration from their opponents/the audience, and AwesomeEgo, whose brash cockiness is part of his or her charm. See also SmugSuper. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the player characters of ''Franchise/MetalGear'', the criminal from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', or the principal of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}''.

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Contrast WorthyOpponent and MagnificentBastard, who inspire respect and/or admiration from their opponents/the audience, and AwesomeEgo, whose brash cockiness is part of his or her charm.charm (although any of these may be perceived as a Smug Snake by an audience via AlternativeCharacterInterpretation or simply poor writing). See also SmugSuper. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the player characters of ''Franchise/MetalGear'', the criminal from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', or the principal of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}''.
29th Mar '14 5:35:54 PM Spark9
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->''"Smiling poison and suspicious craft."''
-->--'''Skek Sil''' as described in ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' source book
6th Mar '14 9:29:23 AM ZarbiNerada
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->I'll ''give you a description [of Mister Daniel Lumis]. A forked tongue, little beady eyes, and he slithers on his belly. You'll find him easy. Just look under rocks.''
-->--'''Mrs. Kandell''', ''[[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Mister]]''
23rd Dec '13 3:12:59 PM Luigifan
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Most of the time, a writer will purposely introduce a Smug Snake as a target for audience hate by making them KickTheDog or [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bend the rules to get their way]] and [[DirtyCoward come out]] [[KarmaHoudini smelling like a rose]]. Basically, this is a villain that's made [[LoveToHate to be hated and the audience will enjoy hating]]. [[TropesAreTools This, like all other tropes, can backfire if misused]]. If the writer still tries to foist the character as a MagnificentBastard when their previous actions have proven otherwise, the audience will likely stop enjoying to hate the character, and instead genuinely ''hate'' them as much as they would TheScrappy or the CreatorsPet. [[CharacterDevelopment Evolving a Smug Snake into a true Magnificent Bastard]] could be doable, in theory, but shouldn't be attempted lightly, and has only been pulled off successfully in fiction a few times. Ever. Of course, the author might deliberately doing this, playing a villain up as a MagnificentBastard when it comes to getting the power he craves, but proving to be so inept at ''wielding'' that power once he finally has it that he ends up as a SmugSnake instead.

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Most of the time, a writer will purposely introduce a Smug Snake as a target for audience hate by making them KickTheDog or [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bend the rules to get their way]] and [[DirtyCoward come out]] [[KarmaHoudini smelling like a rose]]. Basically, this is a villain that's made [[LoveToHate to be hated and the audience will enjoy hating]]. [[TropesAreTools This, like all other tropes, can backfire if misused]]. If the writer still tries to foist the character as a MagnificentBastard when their previous actions have proven otherwise, the audience will likely stop enjoying to hate the character, and instead genuinely ''hate'' them as much as they would TheScrappy or the CreatorsPet. [[CharacterDevelopment Evolving a Smug Snake into a true Magnificent Bastard]] could be doable, in theory, but shouldn't be attempted lightly, and has only been pulled off successfully in fiction a few times. Ever. Of course, the author might be deliberately doing this, playing a villain up as a MagnificentBastard when it comes to getting the power he craves, but proving to be so inept at ''wielding'' that power once he finally has it that he ends up as a SmugSnake instead.
19th Sep '13 10:30:57 AM morane
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This trope has sometimes TruthInTelevision, but carries also UnfortunateImplications. Let's leave it here, so no RealLife examples, please.
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